Yesterday would have been Lester Young’s 97th birthday, which sent me searching for updates on the recently discovered recording in the Library of Congress. No more news yet, it seems, but enjoy some videos below:
This is a 1957 CBS “Sound of Jazz” performance of “Fine and Mellow” Billie Holiday with Young alongside Coleman Hawkins, Gerry Mulligan, Roy Eldridge, Vic Dickenson and others. Webster’s solo is gorgeous, and Pres and Mulligan are beautifully simpatico.
In this 1950 performance, Young is featured with Bill Harris, Hank Jones, Ray Brown and Buddy Rich on “Pennies from Heaven” with an ad-lib intro.
Check out some more videos of jams with Pres and other notables here, filmed around the time of Jammin’ the Blues in 1944.